27 Sep 2011

First Dreamliner handed over

3:08 pm on 27 September 2011

After three years of delays, Boeing has officially delivered its first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways of Japan.

The Dreamliner was originally scheduled for delivery in 2008, but US planemaker has been plagued by production delays and cost overruns.

The plane is made from lightweight composite materials. Boeing plans to make 10 per month from 2013.

Production of the Dreamliner is currently running at about 2.5 planes a month.

The plane was presented to ANA at a ceremony in Everett, Washington on Monday. It will fly to Tokyo on Tuesday and is expected to go into service in November.

So far Boeing has 821 orders for the 787, which it says is 20% more fuel efficient than similar-sized current planes.

Airbus is currently developing a direct competitor to the 787, the Airbus A350 XWB.